October 18, 2007

ALCS 5: Red Sox 7, Spiders 1

Red Sox - 101 000 230 - 7 12  1
Spiders - 100 000 000 - 1 6 1

Beckett: 8-5-1-1-11, 109
Beckett was absolutely amazing tonight -- everything we could have hoped for -- near Pedro-esque in his ability to toy with the Cleveland hitters! Along with a fastball sitting at 95-97 all night long, he also used a devastating 12-to-6 curve that made more than one Spider look like a fool. In the post-season, he now has a BB/K ratio if 1/26.

A Yook dong gave the Red Sox a 1-0 lead in the first, but Cleveland tied the game in the home half. Sizemore doubled, moved to third on Cabrera's single and scored on Hafner's GIDP. After that, only one other Cleveland batter touched second base -- and that was in the ninth inning against Jonathan Papelbon.

Manny was robbed of a two-run dong to right-center in the third, but he did get an RBI out of it -- Boston led 2-1. They held on and broke it open with two in the seventh -- Pedroia double, Youilis triple, Ortiz sac fly -- and three in the eighth -- three walks, an error, a bunt single and another sac fly.

So it's back to Boston for Game 6 and G38 on Saturday night.


***

Manny: I'm a bad, bad man, man ...
Josh: [must ignore, keep staring straight ahead]
I feel like we're going to win and take it back to Boston and play another day. When you see something's that never been done before, you can believe in anything.
Jason Varitek:
There's a faith. It's like being able to come back late in a game. You have people that have done it, the team has done it, and done it on different occasions. You should have confidence that it can be done.
We just have to win [tonight].
Yerry Francona:
Just play the game that's in front of us.
This team is so loose. That's baseball. We happened to lose three in a row, but we could just as well win three in a row, too. ... Even though we're down, I still think we're set up pretty good.
Yook also echoed Manny Ramirez's thoughts:
You have to have the same mind-set every day in big games. You can't change things. You can try to make adjustments pitch to pitch, but you can't change your approach ... You have to stay calm and collected and you have to have fun. You have to have that energy flowing and be excited to go up there.

***

Josh Beckett / C.C. Sabathia
One. One game. One win. That's all.

Not three, not two.

One.

Tonight.
It's pretty clear.

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Colin said...

I think this link pretty much sums up a lot of fan observation/frustration towards are losses to Rajah Wahu (thanks Tim).

http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20071017&content_id=2270372&vkey=news_bos&fext=.jsp&c_id=bos

Amy said...

That was quite eery, clicking on that link and seeing your post from almost EXACTLY three years ago. Wish I had known about your blog back then, but I didn't even know what a blog was in 2004.

Anyway, a good reminder that you have to just focus on the next game, as Terry always says. I am ready, for whatever comes our way. And damn, I wish Manny hadn't said that about Who Cares? Sometimes Manny being Manny is really not so great.

johngoldfine said...

Great cover art--d'you think we can link the four players illustrated, especially the despairing boozer, to any of our current lads???

Tom said...

Keep the faith, they will fight through this and live another day.

Read a great entry on why elsbury should be in the line up at blog.fanboom.com

redsock said...

I'm not above trying to channel a little 2004 ALCS vibe.

(Or vibes from the 1999 ALDS or the 2003 ALDS.)

We've done this before. .... Hmmmm, every 4 years?

redsock said...

SoSH: Is the season a failure if it ends in the ALCS?

Amy said...

Without looking at those posts from SoSH, I can tell you my own view, as I have already thought about it. This was a great, great season. The Sox were in first from the start, they played great almost every game, it was always fun, always exciting. Whatever happens tonight, I will always look back on this season as the most relaxing and enjoyable ever. Not always as exciting as some, but sometimes you have to trade excitement for a little less stress.

If it ends with the ALCS, I will still feel that way. As I posted yesterday, the post-season is really a crapshoot. So many good teams, so few games---luck and timing determine the end result, not really skill or heart. This team already demonstrated their skill and their heart over 162 games, and that was more a test of their greatness than these series.

But then...if they get to the WS, I will be whooping like crazy!

GK said...

How about an old flame of Beckett throwing the first pitch for the Spiders . Anything more needed for Beckett to pitch better than he has been pitching ?. Let me see if the link shows up....first time you know.
link

redsock said...

It works. Earlier Wilbur wrote: "It astounds me every year how MLB goes along with the idea that, sure, an 8:30 p.m. game is a great way to get the youth of America interested in baseball ..."

Newsflash for Wilbur: Not every kid lives in the Eastern time zone. In fact, millions and millions do not. Start the games much earlier and most Red Sox fans on the west coast would still be at work (or school?).

redsock said...

Amy, most feel like you do.

It's always disappointing when you know the team could have gone farther than it did -- so there are dual feelings going on -- but it has been a great season.

And it's not over yet, of course.

And as someone said, if one game had gone in our favour and it was 2-2, none of this talk would even exist.

nixon33 said...

win.

tim said...

Rajah Wahu (thanks Tim).

Hahah, good ol Rajah Wahu.

Regarding the SoSH question...

(note: I started typing a response to this when I thought - fuck that! I'm not wasting my time on it. I'll comment on it if and only if it somehow manages to end in the ALCS. But, it probably won't. So to hell with the question!)

And interesting point about every 4 years...this is it then!

redsock said...

Well. Turns out McMoron might not have been so nutty when he expressed surprise that leadoff HRs lead to more multi-run innings than leadoff BBs.

FJM has several posts about it.

tim said...

gk - wow, thats interesting. i wonder if it ended violently :P

That blog was updated as well...the most recent post points to:
Start Jacoby!

I signed.

Colin said...

Oh poo...I was one away from the 200th signature.

I like the Yerry Francona on the JoS front page. It's like an Eastern European thing...

Colin said...

Our true source of inspiration:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2YWHBFx3Zg&eurl=http://www.redsoxchick.com/blog/

tim said...

Great cover art--d'you think we can link the four players illustrated, especially the despairing boozer, to any of our current lads???

My attempt

Colin said...

I wanna credit Red Sox Chick for that video too.

redsock said...

Good IDing, Tim.

The Jason guy could also be Dustin.

redsock said...

C.C. Sabathia? He's a dead man!!!

Travis Hafner? Dead!!!

Johnny Peralta? Daed!!!

tim said...

The Jason guy could also be Dustin.

Well...it looks like it was drawn to make him the center of the photo, big and tall. And we all know peewee isn't big/tall :P

He just seems like the "leader" in that photo.

redsock said...

Well...it looks like it was drawn to make him the center of the photo, big and tall. And we all know peewee isn't big/tall :P

The guy on the book has more hair, too.

redsock said...

I like the Yerry Francona on the JoS front page. It's like an Eastern European thing...

Yerry!

Stefan said...

The table about teams down 3-1 coming back to win neglects to point out that so far in history, more teams have come back than you'd expect.

If the teams are matched evenly, then each game is essentially a coin flip, so you'd expect 1 out of 8 teams down 3-1 to come back and win. That'd be 8 out of 65 - but 10 have actually done it. And actually, you'd probably expect the odds to be longer than 1 in 8, since the team that goes down 3-1 is on average probably not as good as the team that's winning.

Probably just statistical noise, but food for thought nonetheless. Home field advantage might be a factor.

...

Here's how I'm looking at tonight's game: I think the Red Sox are going to take C. C. apart, just like they did in Game 1. And Beckett's going to be post-season Beckett. And after the game is over, this'll be the situation: 3-2 Indians, heading back to Fenway, with Schilling up next. Sure, playing cards and waiting for the Rockies would be better, but this is way more interesting.

nick said...

Who's this D.J. Michael? Is that a new nickname I don't know about. DJ Michael--rocks the bells, rocks the bases.

Anyhow...I feel like I've been away for ages. Working during too many games, busted laptop, crazy schedule. Good to see you all are here. I've carved out tonight in my schedule--getting that anxious pre-gameness.

thatdietcokegirl said...

that cover art reminds me of some sort of gay pulp novel ;p

beefcake ftw!

Stefan said...

Update: of the 10 teams who have rallied from a 3-1 deficit to take a 7-game series, 4 have had home field advantage, 6 have not.

tim said...

And we all know who pitched a 2-hitter in game 5 of that 2003 NLCS comeback from the chart on this post. :-)

redsock said...

Off topic, but Laura's post on Doris Lessing was noted at Crooks & Liars!!

Woo Hoo!!!

redsock said...

yes it does, tdcg.

i love those kind of pulp covers.

i can't remember where i found that one, but in looking around i found these: drugs, lesbians, hot rods and a little tome called Lust League.

thatdietcokegirl said...

yes it does, tdcg.

i love those kind of pulp covers.

i can't remember where i found that one, but in looking around i found these: drugs, lesbians, hot rods and a little tome called Lust League.


me too :)

lol, those are so great ;))

Off topic, but Laura's post on Doris Lessing was noted at Crooks & Liars!!

Woo Hoo!!!


w00t! well done lg :)) *applause*

redsock said...

For Kielty.

Hmmmmm.

Speaking of gay pulp: Heh.

redsock said...

From the Game Notes, thanks to David Lefort, Globe:

This is the 6th time that the Red Sox have dropped 3 of the 1st 4 games in a best-of-7 or best-of-9 postseason series. They have come back to win 3 of those previous 5 series.

On the 5 previous occasions, Boston is 4-1 in Game 5, the lone defeat coming in the 1999 LCS vs. the Yankees.

The Red Sox are the only the team in history to come back from a 3-1 deficit and win a best-of-7 ALCS more than once, accomplishing that feat in 1986 against the Angels and 2004 versus the Yankees (they had trailed that series 3-0).

Boston has an all-time record of 21-11 in games in which it could have been eliminated from a postseason series.

*********

All of which = zero for tonight's game -- except the fact that it is well within the realm of possibility for the Sox to win the pennant.

thatdietcokegirl said...

omg, the 'kkk' one. what the hell? i didn't think they had a moral code against half-naked, busty white women? ;)

thatdietcokegirl said...

also, tonight..can the red sox fans at the game plz make some noise?? friggin...get megaphones if you have to. just lemme hear it.

tim said...

The pregame album for me: 1978's "Shakedown Street" by the Dead.

Well, that's now. I'm still in a state of HURRY THE FUCK UP AND PLAY.

I can't focus on studying, I just want to see some beisbol!

thatdietcokegirl said...

oh wait, she prolly hooked up with a black guy. GOD I WANNA READ IT NOW.


not really.

nick said...

She was cavorting with someone who played for "the other team"?

Seriously is messed up, though. Klu Kink Klan. The world is a weird-ass place. I do like baseball.

Colin said...

Remember guys, was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Was it over when the Sox swept the Angels 3-0? Hell no!

thatdietcokegirl said...

The pregame album for me: 1978's "Shakedown Street" by the Dead.

oh hell yes.

She was cavorting with someone who played for "the other team"?

ohhhh..of course. she's a big bad lez!

wait, where did it say that?

redsock said...

MAKE
IT
HAPPEN

redsock said...

Also ...

HAPPY DAVID AMERICO ORTIZ DAY!!!!

October 18, 2004
Game 4: 1:23 AM (Game-winning HR, 12th inning)
Game 5: 11:00 PM (Game-winning single, 14th inning)

thatdietcokegirl said...

MAKE
IT
HAPPEN


lol!

redsock said...

One thing that ThreadSox has over JoS during games is the ability to post a picture. I can do it in a post, obviously, but not in a comment/game thread. I wish I could.

redsock said...

I just remembered we have some Jack Daniels in the house -- left over from when L's (our) niece was here.

I will tell L we have to do pre-game shots Cabin style.

nick said...

Not necessarily a lesbian--but blacks, indians, spiders, northerners, yankees, liberals (she looks like a liberal kinda gal), etc.

and, krikes, somehow I forgot both those 'Tiz moments came on the same calendar day. wowsers!

Less than 5 hours to go!

ish said...

LET THE NEW YORK HOT STOVE BEGIN!

Starting with... The Manager!

Joe Torre Turns Down Yankee Offer

Joe Torre turned down the New York Yankees' offer to return as manager on Thursday.

The Yankees offered Torre a one-year deal with a base salary of $5 million and incentives that would have increased his salary to $8 million based on postseason performance. Under that offer, if Torre reached the World Series in 2008, an option for 2009 would have vested.

redsock said...

Was just about to post that.

So ... bye-bye Fruitbat?

redsock said...

From Pete Abraham:

"Brian Cashman said, with the backing of ownership, that the Yankees would not pursue Alex Rodriguez as a free agent if he opts out of his contract. Cashman has been saying that for eight months. But now it's with the support of the Steinbrenner family."

Stefan said...

Torre isn't a great tactician, but he was really, really good at running a team in New York. Big mistake for the Yanks to let him walk. End of an era!

ish said...

From Mark Feinsand's Blog:

Joe Torre is now in Tampa, apparently negotiating a new deal to remain as the manager. Torre arrived in Florida today with Brian Cashman and Lonn Trost, and the three of them have now headed to the ballpark to meet with the Steinbrenners.

It certainly looks like Torre will be back in the fold, possibly as soon as today. The end is in sight. Then all we'll have to watch will be A-Rod, Mariano and Jorge.

UPDATE: The Yankees just announced in a conference call that Torre has, in fact, turned down a $5 million offer plus $3 million in incentives for 2008, with an option for '09. More to come later on this obviously.

redsock said...

After yakking about Torre, Michael Kay speculates that the Red Sox will fire Tito if they lose tonight.

(A SoSHer report (not always 100% accurate)).

tim said...

One thing that ThreadSox has over JoS during games is the ability to post a picture. I can do it in a post, obviously, but not in a comment/game thread. I wish I could.

Yeah, true. I enjoyed that over there, the one time I used it...haha, but theres been many opps here (i.e. earlier with the naming ppl on the gay pulp)

redsock said...

Obviously, Kay is a moron with a negative IQ.

...

This should be highly entertaining. Girardi, who abused an arm or two in his day with the Fish, is likely a strong candidate. Watch out for your arms, Phil & Joba.

Colin said...

So...would this be material for a Schadenfreude post?

redsock said...

So...would this be material for a Schadenfreude post?

That's up to the headline writers at the Post and Daily News.

But I think it could be!!!

redsock said...

Randy Levine: "We felt we needed to go to a performance-based mode."

Wow. I don't it's possible to spin this as an anti-Torre/turning-down-a-decent-offer story.

Curious to see if any SiaS stooges at the tabs try.

Woti-woti said...

Salon's Kauffman don't like no "Indians" either:

http://www.salon.com/sports/col/kaufman/2007/10/18/thursday/

Good name mojo.

redsock said...

Correction: "I don't think it's possible to spin this ..."

Sounds like WFAN callers agree Torre was treated like trash. Wheeeeee! Let the fun begin.

tim said...

Food's prepped and marinatin nicely, wine is chilled, spinach is ready to be steamed...we're golden.

tim said...

According to Amalie, weather's good at Yakkob's Field. Pretty shitty here though.

nick said...

Leaving work, getting some Pho to go for dinner. Later all.

Jere said...

Michael Kay: this was "a brilliant stroke" by the Yankees.

Jere said...

Wow, really funny line by Tito just now.

Reporter: You said you gave Torre a phone call before, will you try to call him again?

Tito (frustrated): Again, this is a really important day for us...there'll be time for that later...and, we just have to win this game tonight. (pause) Or I might be getting phone calls!

Jere said...

Remy saying "home run pimping" was just never done in his day.

I guess he forgot about Dave Winfield.

Colin said...

I'd love to see Torre manage the Devil Rays and next thing ya know they're off to the 2008 World Series.

That would be the best thing to happen to the MFY, but obviously not to us.

tim said...

Hannnnnnnnnnnnnds, touchin hands!
Reachin out, touchin me, touchin yoooooooooooooooooouuuuuuuuuuuu!

tim said...

T-minus two hours. Going with a recent album for some pump up music (not as if I need to be any more pumped than I am)

Opinionated Rise Against's 2004 release "Siren Song of the Counter Culture" - Hard, fast and awesome. Just the way the red sox need to hit tonight!

redsock said...

Remy is, how can I say this, full of shit on this point. Totally and uttertly full of shit. Just like a certain other president.

Oh, L's on board with the Jack!

Zenslinger said...

I will be so pissed if Francona's not brought back for any reason.

redsock said...

Zen: There is zero chance -- probably less than zero -- that will happen.

Amy said...

OK, I am ready. Stomach is jumping, nerves all jangled, but I am psyched. Lots of Sox talk at work today, and it actually is amazing how upbeat people are, given the do or die position we're in. Guess all that negative crap from before 2004 has really been flushed away (at least here in Springfield).

L-girl said...

Just catching up on the pre-game game thread. Looking good!

Can't wait can't wait can't wait!!!

I will tell L we have to do pre-game shots Cabin style.

I'm on it. :)

Amy said...

Hey, Laura, kudos on being mentioned on the blog list. I went to read your post, and it made me want to go check out Lessing's work. For some reason she's an author I have just missed. Not that I hadn't heard of her---I just somehow have never read any of her books.

90 minutes til game time....

L-girl said...

Thanks Amy and tdcg. It was very cool to see Crooks & Liars as the top referrer in my Statcounter.

I didn't have anything too interesting to say about Doris Lessing, but she is such an amazing woman, I was so happy she won the Nobel.

Amy, she's written tons and tons of work of all different kinds. There's a lot to choose from. I've only read a small sample.

65 minutes to game time.

redsock said...

The Jack is ready!

(with other fun things in the background)

redsock said...

... with a novel called "Affliction" on the shelf!!!

redsock said...

Forgot -- the glasses are hand-blown crystal replicas from the Ice Hotel in Quebec (L's blog posts about our January trip here and here).

Amy said...

Love the photo! Is that Remy and Orsillo??

redsock said...

1. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
2. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Manny Ramirez, LF
5. Mike Lowell, 3B
6. Bobby Kielty, RF
7. Jason Varitek, C
8. Coco Crisp, CF
9. Julio Lugo, SS

1. Grady Sizemore, CF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B
3. Travis Hafner, DH
4. Victor Martinez, C
5. Ryan Garko, 1B
6. Jhonny Peralta, SS
7. Kenny Lofton, LF
8. Franklin Gutierrez, RF
9. Casey Blake, 3B

redsock said...

It's my birthday present Bobbledesk!!

Colin said...

Still making DP do #1? Why do I still think that's a bad idea?

thatdietcokegirl said...

are those bookshelves built into the wall? i love that.

Amy said...

Remy and Orsillo bobbleheads...who'd a thunk it!

Way cool!! :)

So Jack Daniels instead of wine tonight, huh? I will stick with water. No one is home (Harvey out at a meeting), and way too nervous to drink alone.

ish said...

I'd love to see Torre manage the Devil Rays and next thing ya know they're off to the 2008 World Series.

And have Don Zimmer his bench coach, right?

"Siren Song of the Counter Culture" - Hard, fast and awesome. Just the way the red sox need to hit tonight!

Every time I think of Rise Against, I think of their cover of "Anyway You Want It." THAT is an amazing cover! Great pump-me-up song.

nixon33 said...

wow im ACTUALLY steaming spinach tonight, totally accidental!

L-girl said...

wait a second here. amy, you have nesn and you didn't know about the bobbledesk? wow.

L-girl said...

wow im ACTUALLY steaming spinach tonight

yeah nix33!!! go for it!!

nixon33 said...

garlic and spinach all over my pasta!

Colin said...

All right guys, time to put Rajah Wahu in his place.

L-girl said...

So Jack Daniels instead of wine tonight, huh?

Oh no, just one shot, then back to wine. Wine is the usual. The shot is because of 2004. Do you know about that?

nixon33 said...

DUSTIN PEDROIA WILL HAVE A BIG GAME

L-girl said...

mmm, pasta with garlic and spinach, major yum.

redsock said...

Not built into the wall. Just four big floor to ceiling shelves.

How can someone watch NESN and not know about the Bobbledesk? Do you get a NESN feed without Don and Jerry hawking NESN Store shit? I'm jealous.

Before 2004 ALCS 4, Millar and everyone else apparently did little shots of Jack Daniels. They won -- so they did it before the next seven games.

Time for some Buckethead Mojo. "Don't let us win tonight!"

(Don't spinach win tonight!)

redsock said...

NEWS FLASH:

"Schadenfreude 33 (A Continuing Series)" is in draft form!

:>)

Amy said...

Laura, you probably have noticed that I have an uncanny ability to filter out things on TV that I don't care about---like Transformer ads, names of various sportscasters, etc. Usually that's a good thing, though sometimes I really miss things I didn't want to miss. I find that watching TV with a laptop means that I can always find something else to read/watch when I am bored or annoyed by the babbling on TV.

So yeah, I missed the bobbleheads, generally had no idea what all the nonsense was about president of RSN, etc.

L-girl said...

are those bookshelves built into the wall?

oh i wish. nope, but they're really nice solid wook shelves. the first piece of "real" furniture we ever owned.

we moved into an apt w/ a recessed wall perfect for books. i decided to get rid of all our rinky dink mismatched cheapo shelves and invest in something solid.

and that is the story of our oak bookshelves.

and now it's 21 minutes to game time. anything else i can babble about???

Amy said...

No, I don't know about Jack Daniels' connection to 2004. What's the story?

Amy said...

Ah, I see the Jack Daniels story as Allan posted it. Nope, never heard that one before. (See? Filter not always such a good thing.)

L-girl said...

amy, that is an amazing talent, one that i envy. i have trouble filtering out anything. my brain gets very noisy and i crave quiet.

Amy said...

Actually, first pitch is likely not til 8:20 so more like 38 minutes to game time.

redsock said...

we need a couple of runs in the first to shut the pieholes of the wahoo yahoos.

Amy said...

I watch an embarrassing amount of silly TV, so a good filter is essential to get through commercials, promos, etc. I am more a visual person, so sometimes the talking is just noise to me. It may be also why I don't get as annoyed with the sportcasters who say dumb things (though I still think Jon Miller is biased against the Sox).

L-girl said...

the one thing i *can* filter is a lot of what the announcers say. i hear some of it, but lots of time allan complains about stuff and i'm like, why do you listen to them so much?

thatdietcokegirl said...

oh i wish. nope, but they're really nice solid wook shelves. the first piece of "real" furniture we ever owned.

we moved into an apt w/ a recessed wall perfect for books. i decided to get rid of all our rinky dink mismatched cheapo shelves and invest in something solid.

and that is the story of our oak bookshelves.


built in or not, they look real nice :) i have two bookcases but they're pine. scratches all over them.
anyway it's just nice to see tons of books in someone's house :)

9casey said...

Today would be good time for slugo to start working on that ALCS MVP...

I saw two of my Yankee friends today both donning Indians caps....

Zenslinger said...

I have trouble blocking out any kind of noise. I have always found I am better at hearing and responding rather than sorting visual information and puzzles (in "intelligence tests" and such). There's definitely different types as far as that's concerned.

I am torn about watching the game at home or in the bar. They may not have the sound on in the bar, and the conversation of others (hard to block out!) can be either fun or annoying. But watching at home alone -- which I did in 2003/4 -- is not that fun. And we don't get FOX that well (we defend ourselves against the onslaught of TV by not having cable TV...which leads to watching silly TV when the DVDs don't arrive on time.)

I am babbling.

L-girl said...

anyway it's just nice to see tons of books in someone's house :)

totally. a house full of books and music, it's what makes life good.

baseball too of course.

Joe Grav said...

I'm feeling 3 runs in the top of the first.

The Bruins home opener is on right now and I think I heard an impromptu Let's Go Red Sox chant break out.

It's 2-0 B's at the end of one, by the way - so if you believe in city-wide momentum and good vibes, take that to heart.

Joe Grav said...

Speaking of books and such, one of my dreams is to have a 'library' in my house, when I get my own house. I'm already working on it with a pretty large collection of books at home.

L-girl said...

I have trouble blocking out any kind of noise.

me too. i can't write or read anything when there's noise around. the game threads have been a challenge!

(we defend ourselves against the onslaught of TV by not having cable TV...which leads to watching silly TV when the DVDs don't arrive on time.)

A Netflixer! I lived by it. We have the Canadian version now.

I always consider getting rid of cable for the same reason. But then, when I do want to watch TV, on those rare occasions, I want something to watch.

Plus we can't get the Extra Innings package without digital cable. So that's that.

I am babbling.

Join the party. :)

5 minutes til pre-game, 25 mins til game.

L-girl said...

Speaking of books and such, one of my dreams is to have a 'library' in my house, when I get my own house.

I always wanted that too, even though we are renters.

I've settled for several areas full of books.

L-girl said...

9casey, nick, are you guys still here?

it would be good to have a big crew in the gamethread tonight.

L-girl said...

i'm nervous

Amy said...

Zen, I know what you mean about watching alone or with a crowd. We are supposed to watch the Saturday night game (because there WILL be a Saturday game) with friends. Part of me thinks that that would be fun, but the other part of me would rather be home, posting on the game thread, and focusing on the game without having to be "social."

redsock said...

Fox shows a moron with a big Babe Ruth sign saying "The Curse Is Back On"!

I want these fans to have to use their towels for TP when they shit themselves after our offensive barrage.

Zenslinger said...

Laura, you would probably like GreenCine (greencine.com), which is what we use. Like Netflix but smaller, greener, and cooler. It is not perfect either but I have used them for a long time and their site is fun to look around as well.

After doing some emotional insulation against negative outcomes, I am now...excited. I must head home. Perhaps I'll start at home then make my way down to the bar.

Go go go!

L-girl said...

amy, i'd rather be at home with the thread too, if i were you. when you're hanging out with friends, you can't concentrate on the game as well.

we go to a couple of games a year with a group of people, and i often leave feeling like i didn't see the game. and that's just a regular game. this...

Amy said...

I also dream of the library in my house. We now have a room that is basically all books since the kids have moved on, but it isn't my fantasy of a room with walls of books on dark oak shelves. We have no more room for books, and I am always giving books away to make room for new ones. Even so, books sit on piles on the floor.

I am nervous also. Trying to read the paper in between posting, and I am finding it hard to focus on the paper. Stomach is definitely jumpy as hell.

I hope the players are calmer!

L-girl said...

Laura, you would probably like GreenCine (greencine.com), which is what we use. Like Netflix but smaller, greener, and cooler.

Sounds great! I doubt we could get it in Canada but I will take a look.

I have issues with Zip.ca but it's the best alternative.

Enjoy the game, ZS.

Joe Grav said...

OK, here come the butterflies. I've been calm all day, but now that the broadcast is on,...

redsock said...

Trying to remember if I was nervous before Game 4 in 04? I don't think so -- more of a "would ya win one fucking game" attitude?

L-girl said...

Stomach is definitely jumpy as hell.

Go for the shot! Or a cosmo? Or at least one glass of wine.

I hope the players are calmer!

god me too. i'm becoming unglued.

Amy said...

I would rather stay home, but Harvey rather be out (understandably), and I had no good excuse to say no without offending the friends. So...we will go. Since we won't clinch til Game 7 on Sunday, it will be okay.

L-girl said...

Trying to remember if I was nervous before Game 4 in 04? I don't think so

I don't think so either. I think it was more, well, this is it. Not resignation, so much as in-the-moment. Very zen, if I recall.

Amy said...

Trying to remember if I was nervous before Game 4 in 04? I don't think so -- more of a "would ya win one fucking game" attitude?

I think that's the difference between pre and post 2004. Then we didn't assume we WOULD win so we were prepared for the worst. Now we know we CAN win, so it is harder to think about not winning.

tim said...

Spinach has been steamed, chicken and veggies grilled, wine poured!

Time to eat this deliciousness and watch some DOMINATION!

And in true tim fashion, I burnt a finger while cooking, but not steaming spinach this time.

L-girl said...

Tim, sounds great, I'll be right over.

redsock said...

shots were downed here ... we're a bit more toasty and ready to go!!!

redsock said...

i'm assuming eric karros is quite proud of his hair.

Joe Grav said...

http://www.cynical-c.com/archives/bloggraphics/pMLB2-1743256dt.jpg

Amy said...

Oh, it was Joe Girardi! Now I see who he is. And I thought he was being ridiculous, but it turns out there was some concern about Beckett at the time. So now Girardi looks like a genius!

L-girl said...

the shot of jd really helped. i recommend it, or something like.

redsock said...

10.61

CC's 2007 postseason ERA

ish said...

135 comments before the game even starts! Well, I'll be here in-between the innings. It is ON!!!!!

Amy said...

Tim, sounds good. Sorry about the finger.

Hey, Millar! Boosting our team! Wonder what Trot is thinking.

Joe Grav said...

If the Red Sox offered Millar a 'coaching' job, he would retire.

You know that he's gonna be at home watching the game goin' nuts.

L-girl said...

Now we know we CAN win, so it is harder to think about not winning.

That is a good thing, I think.

redsock said...

joe with the phantom sweatshirt! yea!

(btw, i have a red sox 1999 world series champions sweatshirt .. and other similar items from 1975 and 1986. i like ebay.)

redsock said...

We need Millar here!!!

L-girl said...

Trot? Trot is thinking he wants his team to win.

Joe Grav said...

since the pre game came on, ive drunk 2 and a half bottles of water and ate an entire bag of chips.

i'm ready to rolll..........

Amy said...

10.61 ERA for CC---we need to drive that one up even higher!

L-girl said...

here's our game plan.

1. win

2. win

3. win

yes?

redsock said...

trot: "if i get into this base, i hope i don't make a bone-headed base running play or make some error in the gap or hand the ball to a fan with 2 outs and a sock on third ... these fans and the media would hate me ... wait, if i put some more grime on my wahoo cap, i won't get criticized for it. cool."

Amy said...

I am sure you're right about Trot, but maybe he also has some continuing nostalgia/affection for those who played with in Boston. I know, I am sappy and sentimental and should NEVER manage a baseball team.

Amy said...

Joe, you will be spending too much time in the bathroom if you keep drinking so much water!

redsock said...

trot might -- in some part of him.

14 years with the sox v one year in clev.

Ofer said...

Well, haven't been here for half a week, and maybe won't be here for the whole game. Goddamn work. And to top it all off, I'm watching on GDGD. But, as long as the Sox win behind Beckett, I'm fine with everything.

Ah, if I could only be in Missisauga... (:

L-girl said...

he might have some nostalgia or affection but tonight, he is one game away from going to the WS. there can't be anything wishy-washy about that.

too bad he'll be so disappointed!

redsock said...

not quite the same, but does anyone think coco feels anything about the opposition?

L-girl said...

ofer!! hey there. tala misses you.

glad you have somewhere to watch the game tonight.

Amy said...

Game time is here...

thatdietcokegirl said...

i have no booze in the house.

just have to have hot chocolate.

:)

*whew* k, ready. radio on. tv volume the mutherfuck down.

just.

chillin.

ready4victory.

s1c said...

Trying to remember if I was nervous before Game 4 in 04? I don't think so -- more of a "would ya win one fucking game" attitude?

My attitude also at that time. In fact I was so disgusted when Fruitbat came into the game that I turned off the TV went out on the deck screamed into the night. Scared the crap out of b-fly and BH. Then, being the Masochist that I am, I turned it back on just in time to see ball four and the rest as they say is history.

Beckett has to be on tonight!

redsock said...

re gdgd

ofer

send me an email to

joyofsox at gmail dot com

L-girl said...

And to top it all off, I'm watching on GDGD

oops, just saw that. damn. we'll try to keep you well updated.

thatdietcokegirl said...

how sweet would an early lead be? feels like forever since we've done that.

thatdietcokegirl said...

tv is way behind radio transmission.

redsock said...

94 fb - called strike

HERE WE GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

L-girl said...

yeah, big early lead, very sweet, let's do that.

Joe Grav said...

Yook. Yook. Yook. Yook. Yook. Yook. Yook. Yook. Yook. Yook.

Amy said...

YAY!!! WOW--we are AHEAD!

s1c said...

YOUK!!!!

redsock said...

YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOK


fuck ya clev fans

Joe Grav said...

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

L-girl said...

YOOOOOOOOOOOK!!!!!!!

ish said...

SWEATY DONG!!!!!!!!!!

WAY TO START THINGS!!!

thatdietcokegirl said...

HELL YES!!!!

Amy said...

You asked for it, you got it, TCDG.

L-girl said...

hammered, i mean hammered, says tim mcc

Ofer said...

YOOOOOK!!! Way to get it started!

Amy said...

Oh he did not go around. BS.

thatdietcokegirl said...

fucking replays on fox, they never show check swings from the side. how the hell can we tell?

Amy said...

Go ahead, boo Manny. He could care less.

redsock said...

OFER

check your email!!

thatdietcokegirl said...

You asked for it, you got it, TCDG.

;D!!!

L-girl said...

i want manny to hit a dong and stand and watch it for a full 5 minutes

s1c said...

RS - Got the package yesterday! Thanks!!!

thatdietcokegirl said...

hahhaa it's so awesome to hear the play before i see it on tv.

base hit y'all@!!!

Joe Grav said...

FUCK YOU CLEVELAND

L-girl said...

yeah baby, we're off to a great start.

Amy said...

All right, you show them, Manny! Now, Doc, keep the pressure on.

redsock said...

half dong for mummy.

s1c said...

Tim for the Doctor to mak the huse call!!!

thatdietcokegirl said...

i want manny to hit a dong and stand and watch it for a full 5 minutes

hahaha! oh that would be so awesome.

L-girl said...

doctor doubles time!

redsock said...

MCMORON SHUT THE FUCK UP YOU MOTHERFUCKING STUPID SHITHEADED ASSMUNCHING MANNY-HATING DOOCHEWHISTLE

thatdietcokegirl said...

NOOOOOOOO SUNOVVA....;///

Amy said...

Shit. But who says Manny doesn't hustle? (Probably shouldn't have though.)

L-girl said...

fuck fuck fuck

but we're still ahead - and we're hitting cc

Joe Grav said...

FUCK

redsock said...

ummm, demarlo, that hit was a bit shallow.

cc throwing bp, tho.

s1c said...

Why were the sending MBM? He was out by ten feet.

Joe Grav said...

dammit demarlo :( we had a chance for a big inning

thatdietcokegirl said...

he should have slid. maybe. i dunno.

beckett, let's go baby ;))

ish said...

Don't worry about it, guys. 2 outs, you're more likely to be aggressive, sending the runner home. Not with 1 or 2 out. No worries. I think he should have stopped at third, but a dong, a double, and a single is a good way to start things.

It's not Games 3 or 4.

L-girl said...

MCMORON SHUT THE FUCK UP YOU MOTHERFUCKING STUPID SHITHEADED ASSMUNCHING MANNY-HATING DOOCHEWHISTLE

i was gonna say something about timmcc, but when i saw allan typing furiously, i stopped :)

nixon33 said...

i know with two outs yr supposed to send him, but with manny? that was not deep enough, i hate ending innings that way. could have been 1 and 3rd..take yr chances no? make cc work, no?

Amy said...

All right, Josh, DOMINATE.

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